Six staff members and fourteen residents at the Grand Villa of St. Petersburg, a long-term care center, have tested positive for COVID-19. Source.
This outbreak occurred after one of the residents returned to the facility from a trip to Bay Front Health in St. Petersburg. Grand Villa disclosed this information to relatives and employees.
The executive director of the long-term care facility Scott Elsass reported that, as of Saturday night, 14 residents had tested positive for COVID-19, but all were asymptomatic. According to Elsass, the week before the resident’s trip to Bay Front Health, all staff members and residents tested negative for COVID-19, and after the patient returned and tested positive, all other residents, staff members, and third-party vendors were tested again.
Elsass has kept relatives of the residents up to date on what precautions the facility is implementing to stop the spread of this outbreak, including hiring sanitation teams to clean areas after residents use them. All employees who tested positive are self-isolating and seeking necessary medical treatments. These staff members will not be allowed to return to work until they are confirmed as testing negative for COVID-19.
While this facility is keeping the families of residents informed, as well as taking precautionary measures to attempt to prevent the spread of the virus in their facility, not all nursing homes and assisted living facilities are doing the same.
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